***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***A Glimpse of Her Soul by Stuart Jaffe
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When 16-year-old Gillian Boone discovers that a secret message has been etched into her soul, her world of normal teenage life is destroyed. Now, bizarre monstrosities seek to kill her so they can read this message as her soul departs and use its information to escape back to the world they came from.
Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer Jack. But he might want her secret, too, even as he helps her evade the clutches of those pursuing her. With threats surrounding her, Gillian will have to lead her allies in a struggle for survival - a struggle all the more treacherous when her allies are just as dangerous as her enemies.
This book has the flavor of I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore, and yet it was different. It just had that feeling. You have your teenage girl, Gillian, who’s stuck in this life she didn’t want or ask for and having to battle it out to keep the planet safe. That is how it’s similar. Okay, I Am Number Four did use a male main character, but the idea is still the same. And yet, it’s only similar. The story behind A Glimpse of Her Soul is different.
It’s full of action from beginning to end and keeps you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. The plot twists and turns on you and you’re never quite sure where it’s going to end up. That makes this story fun and unpredictable. Characters do get introduced, only to be swept away by events now and then. I honestly was never ready when that happened. There was a small hint of romance in this book, but the story is mainly about Gillian and what she’s facing as she has her life tossed apart. She wasn’t popular in school and then everything that happens next makes her realize she has to take matters into her own hands and step up to the plate.
Unfortunately, what we do want from a story, no matter how unbelievable it is in real life, is to be swept up into it and think it’s real. This story starts off well but then seems to fall short of its mark. I can pinpoint where it derailed for me, but I’m not going to say here because of spoilers. We don’t want that. 😉 Besides, you might think it’s spectacular and completely disagree with me, which is awesome. I just want to make sure I don’t give anything away.
All in all, the book was a fun read and I don’t regret the time I took to read it.